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Top 10 Best Ways to Procrastinate

Jul 28, 2014 | Author: Colleen Bierstine

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We procrastinators share a special bond; we get each other. Nobody else understands why we put off assignments and tasks until the last second and voluntarily subject ourselves to working under pressure, but that’s okay. No one needs to get it but us.

One of the most annoying problems procrastinators face is when they run out of ways to procrastinate. How are you supposed to justify not doing your work if you’ve got nothing else to do? That simply won’t fly. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ways to procrastinate so you never have to run out of things to do when you should be doing other things.

1. Buzzfeed

This is hands-down the number one reason I procrastinate when on my computer. Buzzfeed is an abyss of procrastination potential, especially because of its infinite feed format. You keep scrolling, but it never really ends.

The site features posts compiled by BF staff and contributing site readers, and there is no limit to the topic of each post. Most of them are “listicles,” meaning that they are articles in the format of the list. Almost all the posts are hilarious, but they do serious, in-depth news articles addressing crucial current events as well.

The best thing about BF is that there is something for everyone. Whether you like food, Harry Potter, sports, cats, Chipotle, make-up, feminism, or whatever, you’ll find posts about it on BF.

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2. Pinterest

Contrary to popular believe, Pinterest is not just for the ladies. Like Buzzfeed, there is something for everyone on Pinterest. It covers food, tattoos, nail art, make-up, animals, cars, celebrities – you name it.

Some people don’t understand how it works until they actually start using it. Think of it as a collection of online bulletin boards. You find pictures of things you like on the web and then pin them to the appropriate board. For example, say you love cooking and you found this great recipe on a food blog with a drool-worthy photo. You can pin that delicious picture to your “Recipes to Try” board.

The boards are customizable, and you can make any you like. If you’re planning a wedding, make a “Wedding Inspiration” board. If you’re into fitness, make a “Fitness” board.

Pinterest is great for procrastinating because it never ends. Just keep looking through all the stuff you like and pinning away.

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3. Baking/Cooking

This is a great way to procrastinate because it is actually productive. Plus, you can make it a two-for-one procrastinating session if you look on Pinterest for recipes.

If you’re procrastinating, it’s probably because you’re bored with what you’re supposed to be doing. And if you’re bored, you’re probably hungry. It just makes sense that you get in the kitchen and hone your cooking skills. It’s a legitimately useful ability to have!

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4. Online Shopping

Regular shopping works too, but online shopping can be done in the comfort of your pajamas, and there’s less chance you’ll order something online. With the internet, you have every one of your favorite stores at your fingertips. The possibilities are endless.

Go look for those new sneakers you need for the gym, or find a dress for your UC graduation ceremony. If you really want to torture yourself, you can look at adoptable pets in your area. Again, that is actually a productive way to procrastinate because animals need homes!

5. Cleaning

The only time I clean is when I don’t want to be doing something else. Even if you don’t live your life like a tornado like I do, there are literally always things that need cleaning. I bet you the top of your ceiling fan needs a dusting, and vacuuming is always necessary. Do some laundry, organize your closet, or clean your oven.

6. Movie Marathon

Pick out your favorite movies, make some snacks, and procrastinate the day away. This one never gets old because there are always new movies to watch. The best thing is binge-watching a franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings.

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7. De-Clutter

It’s time to purge the stuff you no longer need. Again, this is  very useful way to procrastinate. I guarantee you’ve got stuff laying around that you’ll never use again. Grab two garbage bags, one marked “To Donate” and one marked “To Trash.” Fill them up and de-clutter your space. It is an especially good idea to get in your closet and do this.

8. Thought Catalog

This is similar to Buzzfeed in that it has articles covering all kinds of topics, and they are all reader-submitted. However, it is in a blog format as opposed to a feed. Honestly, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine because some of the stuff submitted is quality and thought-provoking, but some of it is controversial garbage. It is a ball to read some of the more ridiculous articles, and it’s even more fun to troll through the comment section.

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9. Work Out

If you hate working out, this won’t appeal to you, but it is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I honestly don’t even consider it procrastinating sometimes though because it de-stresses me while doing something good for my body, so it really is a necessary act.

Best of all, working out is customizable. You get to pick what you want to do, and for how long. Run for 30 minutes or dance for an hour; it doesn’t matter. You’ll sleep better too, which will help you in the long run when you finally have to finish that assignment that’s due tomorrow.

10. Nap

This has to be the best one. There is nothing like napping when you should be doing a million other things. Naps are fun, refreshing, and anyone can take them!

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Greece and Romania

Jun 9, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

What a blast we have been having! I’m currently sitting at a resturant in Bucharest, Romania! We were all sad to leave our friends in Albania. The relationships and friendships we have developed over the 2 weeks were just phenomenal! We were truly treated as family at the Livia Hotel and I can’t wait to go back and visit all of our friends there! From Albania we took a hydrofoil boat to Corfu. I was a little bit nervous about it, but it ended up being a lot of fun! Corfu was beautiful! We spent about two days there and I wish we could have stayed longer. Corfu was a transition time between classes in Albania and Romania. We got to spend time exploring the towns and shops. We found a beautiful beach and spent quite a bit of time there! Our hotel was located between two beautiful citadels. image We then all boarded on our flights to Romania. I think I figured out that I don’t really enjoy flying. I just much prefer my feet firm on the ground. The city of Bucharest is beautiful! It is described as the Paris of the east. We are spending our class time at the Rainer Insitute which has a skull collect of almost 6,800 skulls! One of the biggest collections in Europe and the world! It was fascinating walking into the bone room!  The insitute is about a 20-30 minute walk from our hotel. Our first walk over there a stray dog we named Sporky found us and escorted us all the way to the insitute! She chased after cars and bikers that came near us. She even almost got in a scuffle with another dog that wandered to close. The amazing part that was when we left the insitute a few hours later, she was sitting outside and walked us the entire 30minutes back to the hotel! image We are getting to the part of the course where we are getting to do some research and analyze the bones! Sorry to make you wait so long Aunt Sylvia  for this post:)image

Day in the Life of Forensic’s Field School

May 29, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

You know you are at a forensic science anthropology field school when you are sitting at lunch eating chick with a bone and people start asking strange questions. What bone is it? What is it (chicken) ethnicity? Is there evidence of trauma or disease? Can we analyze it? Other items at the table such as milk bringing up conversations of tuberculosis and brucellosis. Tuesday in our morning class we talked about the process of washing and cleaning bones as well as bagging and labeling. It is very important to keep organized and label everything! Tuesday afternoon we started discussing how to determine the sex of the individual based on morphology, metrical and multivariate statistical methods. We were able to talk a lot about differences in the morphology of the bones between men and women. The pelvis is the most accurate indicator of sex followed closely by the cranium. Long bones are also sexually dimorphic, meaning that there are differences in the bones between men and women. I can’t wait to be able to apply what we’ve learned when we analyze bones!

Wednesday we took a day trip to the city of Gjirokaster to take a look at the ancient citadel, prison block and the city. It was such a neat little town! The citadel was filled with many canons and one tank from World War II. I found it interesting that the tank was made by Fiat! There was also an American plane that sits at the top. It was claimed by the communist that they shot the plane down. However that is untrue and likely that the pilot and crew ejected before the plane crashed. We believe it was a plane used in training flights and had technical difficulties. It was neat to see an old piece of American history sitting at the top of Gjirokaster!

Professor Washburn gave a presentation on the history of Albania which was fascinating as well as confusing. Albania has a very complex history I highly encourage you to read about it! There seems to be a common trend throughout the history of the country being under many different rulers and different forms of governments. There was quite a few shifts in the religion of the country as well. Albania was officially listed as an atheist state for a small period of time! It’s amazing to think that just in 1997 they were consumed in a civil war! This trip so far has been completely fascinating with learning forensic anthropology as well as the culture and history of Albania!

Wifi has not been very strong, unfortunately I won’t be able to post pictures in tonights blog. Hopefully I will be able to get some more posted soon!

Greetings from Albania!

May 25, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

I don’t think people realize how long 8 hours is until you are stuck on a plane for that long! I was extremely nervous for the international flight, but it went really well! The flight was nice and smooth and we were provided with endless amounts of in-flight entertainment! I watched 3:10 to Yuma, countless episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Blacklist! Played some trivia, wordsearches, colored on my coloring app, solitaire. I attempted to sleep, but it didn’t workout very well. Sleeping while traveling is always a struggle for me. We have a total of 14 students! Only a few of us kind of knew each other, nothing brings a group of people together more than traveling halfway around the world! We have only known each other a few days, but we have had such a blast so far!

We are here in Butrint now! Getting wifi has been extremely tough here! I apologize for the lack of posts! We have now been here for 3 days. The trip from Tirana to Butrint took about 6 hours. We had the pleasure of traveling some unique roads. One was a little nerve racking, climbing the side of a mountain with winding turns and quite a ways to the bottom! The scenery of the Albanian countryside was amazing!!!! It’s absolutely beautiful! I am actually typing this on the lovely beach of Semil, about 2 miles from our hotel. Yesterday was our first day of class, which was held at the acropolis in the national park. Today we went through the bones that comprise the axial and appendicular skeleton. We were able to look at these bones from an individual that died about a 1000 years in Butrint. We are all very excited to have started the class portion and we are looking forward to analyzing and learning as much as we can!

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I am fortunate enough to have one of our professors run with me! We were able to run through Tirana and was able to see some statues and monument in the park. Yesterday we took a ferry across the channel and basically ran through farm fields and countryside! I’m extremely glad to have a running buddy with all the amazing food they have been feeding us!image

Off We Go!

May 20, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

We are finally on our way! It still hasn’t quite hit me that I will spend the next month traveling and studying abroad! I’m currently sitting our chartered bus on our way to JFK. I’ve met a few of our expedition members Paul, Jess, Lea, Kaitlin, and a few of the professors that will be joining us! We are all very excited to get this adventure under way. I will admit that my packing skills are not up to ninja status! Packing was not fun at all! With all the luggage restrictions it was extremely hard to pack everything I wanted. I had to do some serious prioritizing. Hopefully I remembered all the essentials! We should arrive at JFK around 1/1:30 to meet with the rest of the members of the trip! Our flight departs at 5:25pm, we are traveling via Lufthansa #411. If you google our flight number you can track the flight! Make sure to follow me on twitter, I will be posting a lot on there. You can also follow our itinerary online, if you google Utica College Forensic Anthropology Field School! I was so excited this morning that I forgot to eat breakfast, hopefully we will stop soon! I’m still not positive what our Wifi situation will be once we get overseas, but I will try to post as much as possible when we get there!

Junior Year: A Closed Chapter

May 17, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

Junior year was definitely an interesting year for me! The fall semester started out rocky being a Government major, but then I finally found my place in Public Relations and now, I could not be happier!

I have to say (really for the first time in my college career) that I’m actually going to miss this semester. I met so many great people, and learned so much about myself in the process. I also grew a passion for writing – which I never thought I’d enjoy so much.

I couldn’t wait for the fall semester to end. Then come January, I never expected to love the courses that I was taking….and of course, I never expected to become a student blogger, which I obviously enjoy greatly.

Now, it’s so weird to think that it is a closed chapter in my book. For anyone who has told me that college goes so much quicker than high school was right; especially if you’re loving what you’re doing! It’s definitely strange to know that my college career will be over this time next year.

So, a note to all incoming freshman, or just any students in general….these are just some things that I’ve learned in all of my 3 years here, but especially during this year.

  • Work hard in your curriculum, do your assignments, and do them on time.
  • If you’re unhappy in your program, change it. It is never too late.
  • Take your time before choosing a major – read through all of your options and then decide. Don’t go into anything blindly.
  • Once one semester ends, a new one begins. Leave the old one behind. If you’ve made mistakes, learn from them and try not to repeat them. Always make a fresh start.

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Happiness Tip #2: Forgiveness

May 16, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

One of the hardest things to do in life is to forgive someone who hurt you. It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member, friend, co-worker, enemy….and so on.

That old saying “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you” isn’t exactly the truth. Words hurt, and unfortunately can stick with you for a long time. The key is, to let whatever they said, go. Easier said than done, I know.

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In order to live a happy, peaceful and successful life, we must forgive those who do us harm. It can be extremely difficult, but so freeing.

Instead of cursing those who hurt us, bless them instead. It takes a strong person to forgive and just move on. But, it is so necessary for our own health and well being.

When we forgive others, we are giving them absolutely no power over us. By holding on to anger, we only hurt ourselves. Life is too short for that.

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One of the best days of my life was when I learned to move on from all of the people who did me wrong. With the help of some great people, I came to my senses and realized that harboring bitterness was only ruining me, not them.

Moral of the story: do you want to travel the road to happiness? Learn to forgive and make peace with people and your past. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel.

Reflection: Freshman Year

May 16, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

tumblr_m7do3d3slc1r115hxo5_250Freshman year started off just like you see in movies, fall semester was ridiculously fun. From parties  to late night walks and dinner dates let’s just say fall semester was one that as a freshman you will never forget. You have just arrived at college, your first time away from mom and dad, you are  nervous about making friends everything is  handed to you at once, it is a scary amazing feeling. Fall semester of your freshman year  is always the most fun. Everyone is eager to be in college and most importantly ready to be an “adult”. I put adult in quotation marks because that is how a lot of us feel, we feel as if we are grown and ready to eat life’s challenges for breakfast. But let me be the first to tell you the way you ENTERED freshman year will be completely different then the way you LEAVE freshman year. At the end of freshman year  19 or 20 year old you will look back at your self and feel like a stranger to the person you once was. I have learned so much about myself it is scary to think I knew who I was.Even with  the amount of maturity that I came to college with I still feel as if I grew beyond my expectations, I really surprised myself at how much I had evolved. I evolved into this confident, well-spoken, involved, even more ambitious then before and amazingly beautiful young lady.  I now like to look at  myself as a Pitbull in a dress because I have become so hungry for success and  developed a kind of power and strength I never knew I had. College will teach you things about yourself, it will help you become a women/man. Going away to college or living on campus is the only way you can get the full college experience.The ability to discover who you are is something that everyone should want to do because if you dont know who you are, your dreams and goals are going to impossible  to reach. A huge goodbye to freshman year for all it has done for me and taught me.

Life Hacks: Health Edition

May 16, 2014 | Author: Ghedion Behonegne

Life hack-noun. informal. a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.

I have a confession, I have not always been as wise and all knowing as I am now. I have assimilated a wealth of knowledge that will become useless the day I graduate, so here is my gift to you underclassmen and incoming students; l present the most time saving and headache curing tips and tricks. This post shall concern general health, well being and fitness related advise.

Here’s the scenario, it’s winter (I know that we are closer to summer, but bear with me) and if you are a man this means one thing, its bulking season.

How to bulk like a boss:
Step 1. Lift heavy things.
Step 2. Eat lots of (healthy) food so you can refuel muscles to repeat step 1.
Step 3. Sleep an adequate amount so you can return to the gym, refreshed and ready to repeat step 1.
Step 4. Repeat step 1.
Step 5. Repeat this whole cycle.

But how do you maximize on calories so you can improve on step 1? Using this recipe a close friend of my mine has come up with:
Bulking Shake:
1.5 cups milk (chocolate if you can)
1 cup pre-ground oats.
2 frozen bananas.
1 scoop protein.
2 tbs peanut butter.
Throw all these in a blender and voila. If my calculations are correct (They always are), this will come out to approximately 1300 calories and 64 grams of proteins. Have one of these between meals and one after you work out, your muscles can thank me later.
Broke and can’t afford things? You can get peanut butter, chocolate milk and bananas from the cafeteria (Disclaimer- I do not condone nor condemn these actions. Sodexo do not come after me).

Of course you have to supplement this with a quality diet high in protein. But Ghedion, what foods have a high protein content and are delicious you ask? Lean meats like chicken, turkey and fish are a staple in bulking diets. However things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and mixed nuts and eggs don’t get as much attention and should also be included in any serious amateur body builders diet.

Fast forward 6 months later and you are a behemoth of a human being and could stand to lose a few (a lot of) pounds. The new recipe and regime:

Cutting Shake:
1 cup low fat milk.
1 scoop protein.
1 banana.

Step 1. Lift lighter things, a lot more times and more intensely.

Step 2. Do cardio.

Step 3. Recover, drink plenty of water and eat a minimal amount of carbs and skip the burger/fries/ice-cream/soda combo.

Step 4. Repeat previous steps

Step 5.  Say thank you Ghedion :)

40 Ways to Keep Ryan Occupied on a Plane

May 14, 2014 | Author: Ryan Kelly

I can’t believe we are leaving in less than a week! I’m getting extremely excited, nervous, and a little anxious. I hope this next week flies by! For those of who that know me, you’ll know that sitting still is not one of my strong suits and neither is flying! Good thing I’ll be spending over 18 hours on a plane over the next few weeks! I’m a little nervous about the flights so I thought it would be a good plan to come up with a bunch of things to keep me occupied and distracted. I am going to try and accomplish as many of the items on the list as possible! I’m really hoping I will have a window seat; it would be amazing to watch the sunset over the ocean! Please feel free to give me some suggestions! 5 days, 17 hours and 49 minutes!!

  1. Color
  2. Listen to music
  3. Word search
  4. Make shapes out of the clouds
  5. Watch the sunset
  6. Watch Frozen
  7. Read a book
  8. Take a nap
  9. Write a blog
  10. Take a deep breath and enjoy the view
  11. Look for whales (Yes, from 30,000ft!)
  12. Take a walk
  13. Play solitaire
  14. Read the Sky Mall Magazine
  15. Download piano app and create a masterpiece
  16. Have a conversation with a planemate
  17. Download and play trivia app
  18. Eat food
  19. …Watch Frozen again
  20. Take pictures
  21. Daydream
  22. Start a journal
  23. Read coursework material
  24. Plan meals I want to cook
  25. Play card games
  26. Find someone to play card games with
  27. Count to 1000
  28. Contemplate life’s mysteries
  29. Try to understand men…
  30. Take another nap
  31. Plan fun summer activities
  32. Play plants vs. zombies
  33. Download paper app and doodle
  34. Get as far into the impossible quiz…as possible
  35. Play Angry Birds
  36. Make friendship bracelets for the track team
  37. Design shirt logo for track team
  38. Watch bridesmaid
  39. Learn how to card count
  40. Try to accomplish this entire list!